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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 10/21/21)
A&E: The First 48 (Premiere) at 9pm
BET+: Bruh (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Dune (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Tuff Money (Bani Negri) (Premiere)
HULU: The Next Thing You Eat (Premiere)
NBC: The Blacklist (Premiere) at 8pm
NETFLIX: Komi Can’t Communicate (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Life’s Glitch with Julien Bam (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Sex, Love & goop (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Insiders (Premiere)
PEACOCK: The Girl in the Woods (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Curious George (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: Couple Trouble (Premiere)
VICE TV: While the Rest of Us Die (Premiere)
CW: Coroner (Finale) at 8pm

Facebook is planning to announce a new name for the company next week, according to The Verge. The name change is intended to reflect Facebook’s ambition to build out the metaverse, with a focus on AR and VR. That’s versus having its foundation be social media, for which the company is currently under fire from regulators. Facebook’s annual Connect conference takes place October 28, and details of the rebrand are expected; the company said it does not comment on “rumor or speculation.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been added as a defendant in a consumer protection lawsuit. “Our continuing investigation revealed that he was personally involved in decisions related to Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s failure to protect user data,” said AG for the District of Columbia Karl A. Racine. The lawsuit, filed in 2018, alleges Facebook misled consumers about privacy on the platform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix isn’t having such an easy time of it, either. Ahead of an employee walkout and rally yesterday over transphobic remarks in Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special, “The Closer,” Netflix issued a statement. “We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused,” said the streamer. “We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.” Acknowledged Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos to the Wall Street Journal of his initial response to critics, “I screwed up…I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Netflix protesters gave the company a list of demands that did not include taking down “The Closer,” but asked instead that it “adopt measures in the areas of Content Investment, Employee Relations and Safety, and Harm Reduction, all of which are necessary to avoid future instances of platforming transphobia and hate speech, and to account for the harm we have caused and will continue to cause until the below measures are put in place.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Last Cowboy” is moseying from Paramount Network to CMT. The unscripted series from Truly Original, offering an inside look at the sport of horse reining, will premiere in its new home on Friday, November 12 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Black viewers are cutting the cord amid the surge of streaming options, according to a new study from Horizon Research. MVPD penetration among Black households has dropped from 88% in 2017 to 61% in 2021, said the study. And video providers, traditional and OTT alike, would do well to keep pace with the times. “Many companies are late to the game, only now focusing on the Black audience in the context of BLM and new diversity mandates,” said Horowitz CRO Adriana Waterston. “To not be viewed as simply pandering, companies who hope to serve the Black audience must make meaningful and sustained investments, not just in programming and marketing, but in community outreach and support, in order to earn this valuable audience’s trust.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Bros. Television responded to a lengthy Instagram post by Ruby Rose, who abruptly left their starring role on The CW’s “Batwoman” after one season. Rose alleged toxic behavior on the set as well as unsafe working conditions were the cause of her departure. Said the studio in a statement, “Despite the revisionist history that Ruby Rose is now sharing online aimed at the producers, the cast and crew, the network, and the Studio, the truth is that Warner Bros. Television had decided not to exercise its option to engage Ruby for season two of ‘Batwoman’ based on multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed and handled privately out of respect for all concerned.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Byron Allen has secured more investors to back his $23-a-share takeover offer for Tegna, sources tell Bloomberg. Allen is looking for upwards of $8 billion in debt and equity to outbid a consortium that includes private equity company Apollo Global Management Inc. and Standard General. Rolling Allen’s existing businesses, including the Weather Channel and local TV stations, into the company to help secure financing is a reportedly a possibility.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime has renewed “Breathe: Into the Shadows” for a second season. “As the plot intensifies and new characters infuse raw energy into the narrative, the stakes and the thrill go higher this season,” said Aparna Purohit, Head of Originals, Prime Video India, of the Indian crime thriller.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Madison Technologies is acquiring production company The Jay & Tony Show (“The Chelsea Handler Show”). The acquisition marks Madison’s jump into television production amid plans to offer content for its OTA broadcast platform, GO.TV. “With little or no technology changes in more than a generation, the broadcast TV industry today is poised for dramatic upheaval as new, disruptive technology prepares to roll out, allowing for OTA mobile viewing and other major advancements,” said Philip Falcone, Founder and CEO of Madison Technologies. “The OTA market represents an untapped and sizable opportunity to create unique content, develop channels (networks) and enhance Madison’s value for shareholders and audiences.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roku has ordered additional episodes of “Roku Recommends,” its weekly entertainment series offering streaming options. Roku reports that 71% of households that watched the Funny or Die-produced show, which launched in June, streamed a new channel on the Roku platform afterwards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gwen Sigan has been promoted to showrunner of NBC’s “Chicago P.D.”, which she had been writing and exec producing. The move lightens the load of Rick Eid, who had been EP and showrunner on “Chicago P.D.” and “FBI,” as well as writer, exec producer and showrunner on the upcoming “Law & Order” season 21 revival.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snap has five new series on the way: “Level Up with Stephen Curry,” following the superstar as he mentors young athletes; “Addison Rae Goes Home,” tracking the social media star’s journey to her Louisiana roots; “Ryan Garcia: The Fight Inside,” in which the boxer explores mental health issues; “Reunited,” reconnecting loved ones; and another athlete mentor show, “A Fighting Chance with Anthony Joshua,” featuring the British boxer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Great Soul Food Cook-Off,” a soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and Black culinary tradition, premieres Saturday, November 20 on discovery+. Kardea Brown hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of “Molly of Denali,” the animated series from GBH Boston, kicks off a week of new episodes Monday, November 1 on PBS KIDS in honor of Native American Heritage Month (check local listings). The series follows the adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, a resourceful Alaska Native girl who lives in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV competition series “Flipping Showdown,” premiering Wednesday, November 17 at 9p, offers renovators and flippers an opportunity to get $100,000 cash and the chance to start and grow their own real estate/flipping franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four fierce girls join High Guardian Academy to become heroes and protect the world from unknown threats in “High Guardian Spice,” premiering Tuesday, October 26 on Crunchyroll.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Squidbillies” returns to Adult Swim for a 13th and final season at midnight on Sunday, November 7. The animated comedy follows rural hell-raising cephalopods.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HLN’s “Lies, Crimes & Video” returns Sunday, November 14 at 10p, starting with the twisted story of the murder of a young mother that was witnessed by her child.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Dune” starts streaming tonight, October 21 at 6p on HBO Max (for ad-free subscribers only), a day earlier than the film’s scheduled release date. It will be available to stream for 31 days.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rise,” a new film from Disney based on the real-life story of the family that produced the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions, Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Laker Kostas Antetokounmpo, will debut in 2022 on Disney+. “Rise” is directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya”), with Bernie Goldmann (“300”) producing and Giannis Antetokounmpo executive producing. Co-producers are Andreas Dimitriou and Michael Foutras.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” will broadcast live from The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, October 22 at 10p, ahead of The Magnolia Bowl rivalry football game between Ole Miss and Louisiana State University.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anthem Sports & Entertainment and its family of networks is partnering with Movember, a charity dedicated to men’s health, in support of the organization’s efforts to help men improve their physical and mental well-being. During the month, AXS TV, HDNET Movies, GameTV, Fight Network and Game+ will feature special Movember content and PSAs, headlined by a block of classic films starring some of cinema’s famous mustachioed men every Monday in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s six Fall Harvest Saturday night original movie premieres have together averaged 1.5 million Households, 1.8 million Total Viewers and 194,000 Women 25-54, catapulting Hallmark Channel to become the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network on Saturdays and Weekends for the duration of the six-week run. The event delivered the most-watched entertainment cable program every Saturday for six consecutive weeks among Households, W18+ and Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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